Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce to star in new Australian film, Flammable Children
Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Screen Queensland are thrilled to announce that Kylie Minogue is the latest star to be attached to the cast of Flammable Children, joining Guy Pearce and Radha Mitchell in the new comedic feature film written and directed by Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) and produced by Al Clark (Priscilla, Chopper, Red Hill) and Jamie Hilton (Breath, The Waiting City, Backtrack).
It’s 1975: the sexual revolution is in full swing; Saigon will fall; the first sounds of 2JJ are hitting the airwaves; Australia is in constitutional crisis; and in a sleepy beachside suburb, an extraordinary event will set in motion a crucial, comical and revelatory week for a teenage boy and girl. Something is about to go spectacularly wrong, and their lives will change forever.
Flammable Children marks the first time Minogue and Pearce have appeared on screen together since starring in Neighbours, early in their careers. As well as acting as an onscreen reunion for the two stars, Flammable Children will reunite some of the award-winning cast and crew from Priscilla. The team joining Elliott and Clark by coming together from the desert to the ‘burbs includes:
Production designer Colin Gibson, who recently won an Oscar and BAFTA for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road;
Costume designer Lizzy Gardiner (Mission: Impossible II), who won an Oscar and BAFTA for her work on Priscilla;
Score composer Guy Gross, who was BAFTA-nominated for Priscilla;
Emmy Award-nominated film editor Sue Blainey (Lost, Mozart in the Jungle).
Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said: “We are so excited to be able to support Flammable Children. In Kylie, Guy and Radha, the team has been able to secure some of Australia’s most established and iconic talents. The powerhouse in front of the camera is matched by the award-winning team behind it, who will bring our memories of 1970s Australia to life. Flammable Children is going to be smart and funny, with a distinctly nostalgic flavour that I think people will really connect with. Screen Australia is very proud to work with Screen NSW and Screen Queensland to support this film.”
Cameras will roll on the south-east coast of Queensland from early October. Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Viera said: “This production will benefit from Queensland’s depth of talented cast and crew and showcase our fantastic locations. It’s a great opportunity for the local industry and keeps the back-to-back production happening in Queensland. It is a winning outcome for our business in creating simultaneous stories and economic growth for the screen.”
Screen NSW CEO Courtney Gibson said: “We’re proud to support Flammable Children, a glorious romp through Australia’s beachside history, being brought to life by an absolute dream team – on the screen, behind the camera and in post.”
Cutting Edge will provide post-production facilities in both Queensland and New South Wales and are also investors in the film. The Becker Film Group will look after ANZ distribution, with international sales by WestEnd Films.
Richard Becker, the managing director at Becker Film Group said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing Flammable Children to audiences nationally and are thrilled that iconic Australian, Kylie Minogue, is now attached alongside Guy Pearce and Radha Mitchell to this colourful satire. Comedies are more than just a successful genre in Australia’s box office history; they form part of our national identity. Films like Priscilla and The Castle are embedded in our culture and serve to remind us of the self-deprecating humour that is the essence of our basic character.